Sunday, October 25, 2009

more house news

OK, we're totally obsessed with this house and absolutely overflowing with excitement and anxiety to find out whether the whole deal is going to go through! Today we got some positive news, our offer has formally been accepted by the bank, on paper. Looks like it's a go!!!!! Thursday is supposed to be our official closing date. So, we'll be able to really say it's our house by the end of the week, hopefully! My mom went in to the town office and did a bit of research, and learned that this property & house were last assessed in 2003, at that time they were valued at around 400% the price we're going to pay! WOW. Perhaps that was before the barn collapsed and before the ell roof fell apart.

house in limington

Meanwhile, we've been doing lots of research about the place. Because the house has a historic plaque on the porch, Mike started researching the history and has been corresponding with the Limington Historical Society, he's found some colorful stories about the history of the town but hasn't found anything specific about our house yet.

historical plaque - the house in Limington

We read all about the Francis Small nature preserve, hiking on Sawyer Mountain, and swimming at Pequawket Beach on Horne Pond, just down the road from our house! (Of course there's also the Limington Rips, where I remember splashing around as a kid.)

Anyway, I've got some more pictures of the place! Here is the exterior:

complicated roofline
complicated roofline (front side of the house)






In back of the house is the ell, which is in terrible condition:

side view of house
side view of the house and ell



side door
side door



ell and junk
trashy looking junk and ell



ell junk
the ell is filled with junk



in-law apartment
there is also an "in-law apartment" in the ell, but it's badly damaged by water from the leaky roof so it'll have to be all torn out and... who knows.




Here's the back yard:

back yard
i'm pretty sure that's one of three apple trees growing in our back yard!



too bad about the barn
too bad about the barn



squash growing in the back yardsquash growing in the back yard



basketball hoopbasketball hoop behind the barn



richard and backyardrichard and backyard



backside of barnbackside of barn



backside of housebackside of house - seen from back yard




inside the house!

indoors
nice wood floors and windows. first floor, front room
(this is inside one of the front turrets)



indoors
indoors



kitchen
kitchen



kitchen windows
windows over the sink in the kitchen



bannister
front entrance, nice bannister



missing plaster
missing plaster next to the stairs



upstairs
one of the upstairs bedrooms



upstairs
turret bedroom upstairs



more missing plaster
more missing plaster, upstairs bedroom



foundation
basement: granite slab & boulder foundation





front porch & front yard:

the front porch
the front porch



view to road from front porch
view to road from front porch



barn view from porch
barn view from porch



retaining wall
retaining wall, street view from downhill



retaining wall
retaining wall, cute house next door



hydrangea
hydrangea bush



pampas grass
decorative pampas grasses



hitching post
here's the hitching post where visitors used to tie up their horses




it looks like there are lots of other pretty old houses in the neighborhood! here's a video of my sister and brother-in-law driving around getting lost in the neighborhood:

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eliza I just viewed the latest pictures of your house - I sure hope it is a done deal for you & Michael - It looks like it has a lot of potential - I bet the two of you can't wait to get back to the States so the you can start restoration - Wishing you both the best of luck
Love,
Michaels Bubi

5:54 PM  
Blogger elizajanecurtis said...

Hi Bubi! Thanks! It sure is exciting! We still don't have 100% certain confirmation, but we think it seems like it's all going to work out. We'll let you know when we find out for sure...

6:25 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

GUAU! Unbelievable. Congratulations! Incredibly exciting.

1:03 PM  

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